"Welcome to the family!" It's a noble sentiment, often said with brimming joy as we welcome new members into the family, either by birth or by marriage. In either scenario, it's an emotional time, and gifts are customary, so here are four gifts that are as perfect as they are unique for baby (and mom!)
Your personal favorite baby gift... with a gift receipt
Some of the most thoughtful gifts we received when we had baby F were versions of gifts the gifter's themselves had received and appreciated. One family brought us a case of Vitamin Water to help me (mom) stay hydrated during the near constant breast-feeding. Another gifted us a nursing cover that she'd come to love after having 3 kids of her own. If you're going to go for your favorite big-ticket item, however, definitely give the parents a gift receipt so that they can make adjustments as needed--even if they return it, they'll appreciate your generosity and thoughtfulness while being able to get exactly what they need.
Along that same thread... healthy treats for mom
When we had baby F, one of our sweet friends who doesn't yet have children did some research about the best foods for post-partum and nursing moms to, and brought over a spread of blueberries, salmon, avocados, yogurt, etc. Thoughtful, delicious, and oh-so-appreciated.
Books are the gift that keeps on giving and since reading is so important to a child's early development, you'll be doing the parents a major favor by helping to build their library. You can choose favorite books from your childhood or that you've read to your children, or consider having someone else do the work for you! Bookroo is our favorite children's book subscription--they focus on sending hidden gems rather than classics that parents can easily identify themselves (like Goodnight Moon!) and each book is individually wrapped so you don't even have to worry about the gift wrapping!
A Family Tree
We've talked before about the research that shows that children who are aware of their family history are better prepared to deal with the stresses and difficulties of life. They realize that they're a part of something bigger and have real-life examples to draw on when times get tough. Why not help get them started right from the get go? With these sweet babes and darling kiddos in mind, here at Family Tree Prints we've created family trees especially for kids that are perfect for the modern nursery.
As a major bonus, you don't have to stick to our color schemes. Personalize each adorable animal shape of these family tree templates for kids to fit the home and family it's going to.
What's your favorite way to say "Welcome to the Family" for newborns?